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August 15, 2007 A Penton Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 15

DOE Announces Industrial Energy Request for Information

Allegheny Power Joins Energy Star

National Lighting Bureau Offers Free Answers

Solar Energy Features in Plan for Rebuilding New Orleans

Street Light Maintenance Contract Available in Stamford, Conn.

Virginia County Seeks Engineering Services

Business Brief

ASSE Updates Construction and Demolition Standards Package

Mitigating Harmonics in Commercial Environments

IEEE 2007 PCIC Conference

IEEE IAS Annual Meeting

EC&M Code Change Conferences

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    Around the Circuit
    DOE Announces Industrial Energy
    Request for Information

    The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a Request For Information (RFI) on reducing industrial energy intensity. Section 106 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) seeks reduction of industrial energy use by 25% by 2017 and authorizes the Secretary of Energy to enter into voluntary agreements with industry with the goal of reducing energy intensity by not less than 2.5% each year during the period of calendar years 2007 through 2016.

    The DOE is seeking information from industry and industry associations regarding the most beneficial and efficient way to reduce industrial energy intensity in order to implement this goal. The information received will be used by DOE for internal planning and decision making purposes. The RFI can be accessed online at the DOE's Web site. Comments in response to this RFI should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF to by 8 p.m. EST on Sept. 18.

    AEMC offers a broad range of Megohmmeters measuring up to 10T ohms with test voltages from 50V to 5,000V. Hand crank, battery, and line-powered models are available. Analog, digital, and graphical display show measurement results (model dependent). DAR, PI, and dielectric discharge ratios are automatically calculated models.
    A comprehensive software program that allows for system configuration, data storage, real-time testing, and report print out is included free on some models.

    Allegheny Power Joins Energy Star
    Greensburg, Pa.-based Allegheny Power, the electric delivery business of Allegheny Energy Inc., recently partnered with ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's voluntary program that offers consumers a strategy to control energy usage, save money, and protect the environment. Allegheny is joining a nationwide effort to eliminate energy waste by promoting energy-efficient appliances, building techniques, and home improvements, along with energy management strategies for homes and businesses.

    "Today we begin a new partnership with ENERGY STAR and continue our long-standing partnership with our customers to help them conserve energy," says David E. Flitman, president of Allegheny Power. "It's a simple concept: a kilowatt of energy conserved is a kilowatt that is not paid for; a kilowatt with no environmental footprint; and a kilowatt that can help maintain a reliable supply."

    Allegheny Power is developing several new programs for customers that will help drive efficiency and conservation to new levels:

    • Making energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs available to customers through partnerships with retailers, distributors, or as part of energy-efficiency kits.

    • Helping customers conduct home energy audits.

    • Conducting workshops for business customers to encourage participation in utility demand reduction programs.

    • Launching an automated metering pilot program to help customers better understand and manage their energy usage.

    • Partnering with the Department of Energy in an initiative in Morgantown, W.Va. to upgrade utility infrastructure to accommodate the next generation of demand-side management technology.

    • Offering customers the option to purchase electricity from renewable sources through a 'green' tariff.

    • Educating students about energy conservation and how to reduce energy usage at home. Allegheny Power will offer free educational materials for school students across its service territory this fall.

    National Lighting Bureau
    Offers Free Answers

    Silver Spring, Md.-based National Lighting Bureau is now answering light questions for free through its online Information Desk. Visitors to the nonprofit organization's site may ask questions of its network of lighting experts by submitting their name, the name of the organization they represent, their e-mail address, a daytime telephone number, and the application for the information. To submit your own question, visit NLB's Web site.

    Solar Energy Features in Plan for Rebuilding New Orleans
    New Orleans recently received a $200,000 grant from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Initiative America, which will provide a total $2.5 million to select cities to study solar projects with the aim of making the technology more affordable to homeowners and businesses in those cities. The DOE program is based on a 50% match from the New Orleans Office of Recovery Management for a total $400,000 to include solar energy in rebuilding plans. In the first step of the study, planners will determine how city building, permitting, and zoning codes address use of solar panels. Recovery officials will also study how to use solar panels on a smaller scale in municipal buildings, schools, police and fire stations, and hospitals.

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    Project Watch
    Street Light Maintenance Contract Available in Stamford, Conn.
    The City of Stamford, Conn., is in need of services for street light maintenance and administration. Proposals are due Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. EST. For more information, visit the city's Web site.

    Virginia County Seeks Engineering Services
    Chesterfield County, Chesterfield, Va., requests proposals for professional engineering services relative to electrical grounding systems. The engineer will be responsible for performing all professional electrical engineering services relative to electrical grounding rehabilitation at all radio tower sites and other County facilities as needed, on a per project basis for one year. Submittals will be received until 5 p.m. EST on Sept. 4.

    The county currently maintains nine tower sites throughout its 446 square miles and one tower site in the adjacent City of Colonial Heights that range in height up to 475 feet. Over the past six years, the County has encountered damage to its equipment at several sites resulting largely from lightning strikes and improperly designed/installed grounding systems. Other damage has been the result of contractor licensees adding equipment to the tower that are on separate grounding systems that have not been properly integrated with existing grounding systems. To facilitate its needs, the County desires to establish a contract with a single professional engineering firm to whom individual projects can be assigned on an as needed basis. To download a pdf of the official request for proposals, visit the county's Web site.

    New Flip Clip
    from Cooper B-Line

    The fastest, most-inexpensive way to securely hang and level wire basket tray, saving installers time and money. The Flip Clip can be used with 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch threaded rods, eliminating the need for multiple hanger sizes. The Flip Clip requires only one nut and one tool for installation.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Seattle based Dexter + Chaney, developer of Spectrum construction software, recently broke ground on a second office building to accommodate the company's growing work force. The new three-story, 12,000-square-foot office will be adjacent to the company's existing office building, which it purchased in 1999. Employees will occupy both buildings when the new one is completed in April 2008. Together, the two buildings on the 2.3-acre campus will provide more than 24,000 square feet of office space for the company.

    For more business briefs, visit EC&M's Web site.

    ClearTrax Lay-In Connectors
    ILSCO has introduced ClearTrax® lay-in connectors. ClearTrax range-taking connectors feature easy lay-in installation of aluminum or copper conductors and accommodate a wire range of 1000kcmil - 6. Benefits are a faster and safer connection resulting from reduced cable manipulation during installation. Fabricated from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy to ensure strength and conductivity, ClearTrax is clear plated for low contact resistance. The compact body is designed as a single piece and is engineered for heat dissipation.

    Eye on Safety
    ASSE Updates Construction and Demolition Standards Package
    The American Society of Safety Engineers, Des Plaines, Ill., recently released a construction and demolition standards package that includes an update of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASSE A10.4 standard on personnel hoists and employee elevators. The newly revised "Safety Requirements for Personnel Hoists and Employee Elevators on Construction and Demolition Sites" addresses new technology as well as practices that have been in use for the last 40 years. The standard discusses:

    • The design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alterations, and repair of hoists and elevators that are not a vital part of buildings.

    • Hoists and elevators that are installed inside or outside buildings or structures during construction, alteration, demolition, or operations.

    • Hoists and elevators that are used to raise and lower workers and other personnel connected with or related to the structure.
    ASSE serves as the secretariat for the A10 Accredited Standards Committee on construction and demolition operations. The A10 standards serve as a guide to contractors, labor, and equipment manufacturers in the construction and demolition industry. To view the complete standards package, visit ASSE's Web site.

    Shows and Events
    Mitigating Harmonics in Commercial Environments This free live conference will be presented by John DeDad, EC&M magazine, on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. Eastern and Pacific times, in the EC&M e-Tradeshow. To gain access to the event, visit the EC&M Web site, sign in or register as an attendee, and follow the signs to the presentation room. And be sure to take a look at the On-Demand Theater, where you can view past online conferences 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    IEEE 2007 PCIC Conference
    New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc (IEEE) will present the 54th annual Technical Conference of the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) from Sept. 17-19 in Calgary, Alberta. General technical sessions at the event will include topics such as high-resistance grounding, vertical motor bearing systems, revisions to NEMA MG-1, and CT saturation calculations. For more information and to register, visit IEEE's Web site.

    IEEE IAS Annual Meeting The 2007 IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 23-27 in New Orleans. The event will have a full program of tutorials, technical papers, and working group meetings that will cover applications-related topics such as lighting, power systems, mining, metals, appliances, electrostatics, automation control, electrical drives, power converters, and electric machines.

    There will also be be workshops for people interested in serving as society volunteers in areas such as chapters and awards. In addition, committee meetings devoted to developing and updating the IEEE Color Book Standards, which provide information about electrical power production, distribution, and utilization in industrial and commercial power systems will be held during the conference. For more information, visit the IEEE Web site.

    EC&M Code Change Conferences
    Where do you turn when you need accurate information on changes to the National Electrical Code? Acknowledged as the leaders in providing information on the NEC, EC&M magazine and EC&M Seminars have been the preferred sources of this information for more than 60 years. Seven Code change conferences have been scheduled in the fall of 2007. Host cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Seattle.

    As an approved provider with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), through its Registered Continuing Education provider Program (RCEPP), professional engineers attending any of our 2008 Code change conferences will receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing in many states. The conferences are also approved by every state that has a continuing education requirement for contractors and electricians.

    For additional information on the dates and locations of these events, download a pdf of the schedule from the EC&M Web site.

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